28 not out - and councillor still going strong!

All smiles: ELDC stalwart Fiona Martin who is ready to continue her career.

All smiles: ELDC stalwart Fiona Martin who is ready to continue her career.

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Horncastle’s political stalwart Fiona Martin has confirmed she will continue her district council career - but only for the next four years.

Coun Martin admitted she was “delighted and relieved” to have retained her seat in the East Lindsey District Council elections.

She has currently clocked up 28 years - the longest of any serving councillor on ELDC.

However, she confirmed that as things stand, it will be the last time she seeks election.

She told the News: “I’m pretty certain I won’t be standing again.

“I’m very happy to have retained my seat because I knew it was going to be a very close contest.”

Coun Martin will be the only Liberal Democrat representative at Manby but pledged to carry on her hard work.

She said: “While I’m delighted, it’s disappointing for all the candidates who didn’t get in.

“I have always worked hard for Horncastle and that will continue. I am looking forward to the challenge.”

Horncastle’s two other councillors also retained their seats - Richard Avison for the Conservatives and outgoing Town Mayor Sandra Campbell-Wardman as an Independent.

With the Tories also winning seats in most other locsal wards, the party will enjoy a healthy majority.

As expected, the likes of Craig Leyland and Stan Avison retained their seats while David Andrews and Will Grover celebrated wins to help swell the Tory ranks.

Publican Aimee Flitcroft secured a seat for UKIP in Coningsby and Mareham.